Bees are in the news again. What’s so important about bees? Sure they make honey, but they perform a far more important role for human beings.
They are the unsung heroes in the growing of fresh fruit and vegetables. Honeybees are the most important natural carriers of pollen.
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Without bees pollinating our crops, we would have very little to eat.
Here is a Short paragraph I found on AOL:
‘Bees and their sequential honey are on the verge of being endangered, but help is being found in some unexpected places! Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is making a big buzz by setting up 23 beehives in the otherwise empty, open space that occupies the airport grounds.
The hives are estimated to provide 575 pounds of honey this year, along with a number of employment opportunities and cleaner air.
That buzzing sound you hear at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport could be a jet taking off. Or maybe it’s coming from the 1.5 million bees that call the airport home.
In May, the Chicago Department of Aviation partnered with a community group to start a 2,400 square foot apiary on-site. Now 23 beehives are up and running and are scheduled to yield 575 pounds of honey this year.
The project offers a creative, sustainable, and productive way to use otherwise wasted open space at mega-airports like O’Hare.
The bees’ new home on the east side of the airport campus had long stood vacant, so it was a natural spot for the bee program to begin. And if that’s not enough benefit, the beehives provide employment opportunities.’
What does this mean for Charleston area residents? Delicious apples, peaches, and almonds grown all over this great state, being sold at the Capitol Market. Beekeeping is very big in the Capital City.
I had a chance to talk with Steve May, of the Kanawha Valley Beekeepers Association a few weeks ago, and he let me know that the Association has meetings, classes, newsletters and expos to proliferate the art of beekeeping.
It’s thanks to Steve and others like him (especially the bees), that we have all the fresh produce available to us in Charleston.
Eat well and live long!
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Source: AOL news